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Bill Persky

Five-time Emmy Award-winning Writer, Director and Producer

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Bill Persky Biography

Bill Persky is a five-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer for such hit TV shows as the Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, Sid Caesar, Bill Cosby, and Kate & Allie. As funny as the comedy scripts he has written for over four decades, he is a sought after keynote and after dinner speaker. He has spoken at performing arts venues, colleges, libraries, women’s clubs, and charity fund raisers. Persky is the perfect after dinner speaker whose witty and hilarious stories of working in television with comedy legends will delight audiences of all ages. He also performs My Life is a Situation Comedy, his memoir of both professional and personal stories, as a one-man show.

After a start at WNEW radio in the mid 1950s, Persky moved to California and wrote for a variety of shows including, The Steve Allen Show, The Andy Williams Show, Julie Andrews Show, McHales Navy, and The Joey Bishop Show, until he found a home with mentor Carl Reiner on The Dick Van Dyke Show. After three years as a writer, story editor, and two Emmys, Persky – with his writing partner Sam Denoff – created That Girl for Marlo Thomas.

In the mid 1970s, the successful partnership ended amicably, as Persky sought a new path as a director, specializing in Television pilots. From 1975 to 1982 he directed 22, of which 16 were put on the air as series, the most memorable being Who’s The Boss?. There were also five television films, and the Paramount feature, Serial, before he moved to New York to produce and direct 100 episodes of the series, Kate and Allie, winning an Emmy for directing.

Persky lives with his wife in New York City. He is a guest lecturer at NYU Film School and Yale University, and teaches comedy writing at The New York Film Academy. Persky is also a contributing writer to USA Today.

Speaking Topics
  • The Golden Era of Television Comedy

  • My Life is a Situation Comedy: An Evening with Bill Persky

  • Women in Television from the 1950s to Today

  • Behind the Scenes with TV Greats: From Sid Ceasar to Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Family Relationships from a Comedy Writer’s POV

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  • HOW TO BOOK Bill Persky?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bill Persky for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Bill Persky, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bill Persky or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Bill Persky?

    Booking fees for Bill Persky, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bill Persky, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Bill Persky?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bill Persky for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bill Persky for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bill Persky or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bill Persky or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Five-time Emmy Award-winning Writer, Director and Producer

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Bill Persky Biography

Bill Persky is a five-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer for such hit TV shows as the Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, Sid Caesar, Bill Cosby, and Kate & Allie. As funny as the comedy scripts he has written for over four decades, he is a sought after keynote and after dinner speaker. He has spoken at performing arts venues, colleges, libraries, women’s clubs, and charity fund raisers. Persky is the perfect after dinner speaker whose witty and hilarious stories of working in television with comedy legends will delight audiences of all ages. He also performs My Life is a Situation Comedy, his memoir of both professional and personal stories, as a one-man show.

After a start at WNEW radio in the mid 1950s, Persky moved to California and wrote for a variety of shows including, The Steve Allen Show, The Andy Williams Show, Julie Andrews Show, McHales Navy, and The Joey Bishop Show, until he found a home with mentor Carl Reiner on The Dick Van Dyke Show. After three years as a writer, story editor, and two Emmys, Persky – with his writing partner Sam Denoff – created That Girl for Marlo Thomas.

In the mid 1970s, the successful partnership ended amicably, as Persky sought a new path as a director, specializing in Television pilots. From 1975 to 1982 he directed 22, of which 16 were put on the air as series, the most memorable being Who’s The Boss?. There were also five television films, and the Paramount feature, Serial, before he moved to New York to produce and direct 100 episodes of the series, Kate and Allie, winning an Emmy for directing.

Persky lives with his wife in New York City. He is a guest lecturer at NYU Film School and Yale University, and teaches comedy writing at The New York Film Academy. Persky is also a contributing writer to USA Today.

Bill Persky Speaking Topics

  • The Golden Era of Television Comedy

  • My Life is a Situation Comedy: An Evening with Bill Persky

  • Women in Television from the 1950s to Today

  • Behind the Scenes with TV Greats: From Sid Ceasar to Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Family Relationships from a Comedy Writer’s POV

FAQs on booking Bill Persky

  • How to book Bill Persky?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bill Persky for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Bill Persky, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bill Persky or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bill Persky?

    Booking fees for Bill Persky, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bill Persky, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bill Persky?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bill Persky for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bill Persky for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bill Persky or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bill Persky or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bill Persky is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Golden Era of Television Comedy, My Life is a Situation Comedy: An Evening with Bill Persky, Women in Television from the 1950s to Today, Behind the Scenes with TV Greats: From Sid Ceasar to Sarah Jessica Parker and Family Relationships from a Comedy Writer’s POV. The estimated speaking fee range to book Bill Persky for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Bill Persky generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Adriana Trigiani, Tom Leopold, David France, Nic Sheff and Mindy Kaling. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bill Persky for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Bill Persky Speaking Topics

  • The Golden Era of Television Comedy

  • My Life is a Situation Comedy: An Evening with Bill Persky

  • Women in Television from the 1950s to Today

  • Behind the Scenes with TV Greats: From Sid Ceasar to Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Family Relationships from a Comedy Writer’s POV

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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